Our students are the future of dog training and the heart of our school.
That’s why we regularly take a moment to recognize one of our top aspiring trainers here.
Our Featured Student this month is Amy Wurst of Toms River, New Jersey. At the time of this posting, Amy is in Phase 7 of the Master Class, and she’s doing an amazing job!
A Word from Amy
My Favorite Recent Study Topics:
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the phases so far, but the first three phases built a really solid foundation for the rest of the course of study. In Phase 1, I loved learning about Dog Social Development and Dog Breed Characteristics. Phase 2 was fascinating and especially helpful in interpreting how dogs communicate with us humans and with other dogs. Phase 3 served to dispel some notions I had before I began studying and really shined a light on how to understand our furry friends.
My Favorite Recent Hands-On Activity:
I absolutely loved the hands-on activities in Phase 4. Working with my student dog Missy (my 12 year-old Shih Tzu) was challenging, but also a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed my externship with Mentor, Jeannie Seuffert. She invited me to attend as many of her classes as I could and allowed me to help out with some of the students. She asked me questions and encouraged me to offer suggestions. Her guidance and support really helped boost my confidence and assure me that I am on the right track in choosing to pursue a career in dog training.
How My Studies Have Changed the Way I See Dogs:
I’ve always had a great affinity for dogs and a natural sense for how to behave around them. My learning experiences so far have helped me be more aware of what I am communicating and what my own dogs and other dogs are trying to say to me. I have been volunteering at my local animal facility since last summer and I know my studies have helped me comfort and work with our dogs. By reading their body language and observing their behaviors, I can determine what they need from me to feel more comfortable and safe while they are awaiting a new home. This experience truly warms my heart and validates my decision to work with dogs!
What I’m Most Excited About:
I can’t say enough good things about my learning experience with CATCH. From the well-rounded curriculum to the comprehensive library of books and videos to the incredibly supportive staff, I feel like I struck gold by choosing to study with CATCH. My Program Director, Kelly, is unbelievably patient and encouraging. She is a wealth of knowledge and I look forward to our chats when we discuss my reading assignments and my real life experiences. I hang up the phone every week knowing that I am well on my way to being a confident, competent and thoughtful trainer armed with the education and experiences to improve the lives of dogs and their owners.
Way to go, Amy, we’re so proud of you!